First off, if you ever had to move you know just how much of a pain it can be.
My family just bought a new home and we are in the process of getting our current home ready to sell. Part of getting it ready to sell involves purging 10 years of stuff. Lots of stuff!
So much stuff that I justified having a dumpster dropped off in my driveway.
I highly recommend it. It’s liberating.
As I was gleefully chucking things into the dumpster I started thinking just how similar this process was to a project I just finished. The project itself was not dumpster worthy, it was quite good, but the byproducts of a 3-year project were.
Files upon files. Versions upon versions. So much stuff that I didn’t need.
In all, I had over 500 gigabytes of excess garbage from this one project!
Now that might seem like a bit much but this project was huge. Over 160 course hours. I was a bit surprised there wasn’t more.
The point I want to make is that for every project you work on, big or small, you will need to turn in the final source files to your client. This makes it extremely important that you have a system in place to manage version control, audio changes, images, copyrights and any other asset needed. It can be even tougher to manage if you are working with a team that is sharing files or working remotely.
Being able to keep track of the latest version can keep you from duplicating effort or just flat out confusing yourself.
So, when you get to the end of the project and all has been approved, you should be able to give the client an organized package. One that has what they need and not gigabytes of excess files that may or may not even be in the final version of the project.
Hopefully you already have a system in place that works for you and you don’t find yourself throwing out a dumpster load of files.